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YLC Workshop on Marketing for Young Lawyers on 27.02.2013

I will be conducting a workshop for young lawyers on how to market themselves.


YLC Workshop on Marketing for Young Lawyers on 27.02.2013

2 CPD Points (27022013/KLB/KLB1167/2)

The Young Lawyers Committee is organising a Workshop on Marketing for Young Lawyers by Mr Foong Cheng Leong on Wednesday, 27.02.2013 from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Venue: KL Bar Auditorium.

This Workshop will cover

• Legal marketing for young lawyers,

• Tips and measures to build a reputation, relationships and clientèle,

• Getting speaking engagements and published; and

• Having a successful networking conference.

About the Speaker
Foong Cheng Leong was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2005. He is currently the KL Bar Information Technology co-chairman and a member of the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee. He is regularly featured in the media notably over topics regarding intellectual property, cyberlaw, data privacy and the like. He also regularly presents at seminars and conferences – most recently, at the International Malaysian Law Conference.

REGISTRATION FEE

Young Lawyers (below 2 years in practice)/ Pupils-in-Chambers / Law Students – RM30.00 per participant

Members of the Bar – RM60.00 per participant

Non-Members – RM100.00 per participant

Registration Must be Accompanied With Payment to Guarantee Your Place

Only 120 Seats Available.

Click here for more information.

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LegalHack Series: FCL&Co Unreported Case Laws Search

I’ve created a website to search for unreported cases from the Malaysian Industrial Court, High Court, Court of Appeal & Federal Court website.

The search provides search results from the Malaysian Courts website. For example, if you are searching for case regarding trade marks, insert the words “trade marks” in the textbox below and click on the “Search” button. The search will yield all indexed pages with the words “trade marks” and may include unreported cases where the words “trade marks” is mentioned.

The search is powered by Google Custom Search API. The Google Custom Search API currently limits searches to 100 results per query, and 100 free queries per day.

The unreported case search page can be accessed at:=
Unreported Case Laws Search for High Court, Court of Appeal & Federal Court cases

LegalHack Series: How to use CLJ as your English – Malay dictionary

Other than Google Translate and Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka’s websites, CLJlaw.com can be used as a English – Malay dictionary. Although it already has a basic translation function but this has be further enhanced with a little trick I discovered.

Go to CLJLaw case search. In the Advance Search menu, enter the words that you wish to search in the “with the exact phase” column.

In the column “with all the words”, insert the word “translation”. The latter is the key to enable the translation function.

Click on “Search Headnotes Only” and then search.

Once you get the results, click on Headnote on the right side of the page. The results are located in the Headnote section.

You’ll find the searched words highlighted. In this case, “liberty to file afresh” is highlighted in paragraph (2).

Now scroll down to the translated section of the Headnote in particular paragraph (2) of the Malay version.

Viola! The Malay translation can be seen in para (2). I’ve highlighted the section for easy reference.

This method is faster than running to the library to grab a copy of the Kamus Istilah Undang-undang or even flipping through a dictionary. Also, the suggested translation do have some sort of authority since its from one of Malaysia’s reputable legal information service providers.

However, this little trick has its limitation. If the word does not appear in any of CLJ’s headnotes, you will not get the translation. However, based on my experience, most words, in particular legal jargon, are available

LegalTech Forum 2012 – Giving Your Practice a 21st Century Byte

I will be speaking on “Social Media Marketing for Lawyers” at this event on 15 June 2012. Basically, it will be on:-

  • What can your legal practice generate from social media?
  • How to leverage social media for your legal practice?
  • Case Study: What has Malaysian lawyers benefited from social media.

Details of this event are as follow:-

Highlights

  • Strategic issues on Legal Technology designed specially for Lawyers, In-House Counsels, and Partners
  • Focused conference on Legal Technology which covers the domains of: Awareness, Cloud Computing, e-litigation and Tools
  • An excellent networking platform to exchange ideas and gain knowledge on legal technology
  • Discover how technology can help your firm increase its mobility and flexibility
  • Gather new perspective from your comrades in adapting new technology
  • Explore the significance of e-Discovery and its impact in the courtroom
  • Distinguish the opportunities and threats in moving towards e-Litigation

Event Overview

There are two things that are on most legal practitioners thoughts – 1) making the day to day work easier; and 2) how to increase the billable hours. The advent of technology is changing how law is practiced and is influencing the delivery of legal services. Law firms for instance, are no longer just a centre of legal expertise, they are legal establishments where commercial proficiency, technology and business processes are now as vital as the expertise that makes a great lawyer or legal service provider.

This is the time to take the bull by its horn! LegalTech Forum 2012 is a 2 day conference on the use of technology in legal processes and proceedings. This conference will be an excellent arena to network with other legal practitioners and solution providers, as well as to learn and benchmark from top players in the legal profession.

For more information, please visit http://www.legaltech-ap.com

All Lawyers Should Have An iPad!

Well, this article is not only about the iPad but about other tablets in the market in general. Other tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Tab or Blackberry Playbook are instructive examples, too, but that is not my focus here.

For me, my iPad is probably one of the most useful tools in my practice. It helps me with the following:-

Research
An internet enabled iPad is very useful for quick research. Imagine you’re in Court and you suddenly remember a case which would help your case. You can easily access legal publishing websites such as CLJ, Lexis-Nexis and even British and Irish Legal Information Institute (Baili). On a different note, Lexis-Nexis now has its own iPhone App. I understand that an iPad App for that will be out soon.

You can also store your basic cases and statues in your iPad. Since my practice is only limited to intellectual property matters, I keep a folder of relevant statues such as the Trade Marks Act 1976, Patents Act 1983, Copyright Act 1987, Industrial Designs Act 1996, Franchise Act 1998, Personal Data Protection Act 2010 etc. This allows you to access it quickly without internet connection.

Accessibility
With the right App (such as DropBox) or a proprietary software, you can access your files anywhere. Let say you need to look at a letter for a file, you can view straightaway it on your iPad.

I use DropBox to store my statues and legal cases – divided into various categories. For example, if I want to view a case regarding trade marks, I only need to access my Trade Marks folder.

Dropbox also synchronizes my folders in all my devices. To illustrate, the files that I keep in my PC will be the same as all the files in my iPad when I update the former.

If you have a little bit of money to spend, build a proprietary software or use a reputable software to make your files accessible remotely and securely.

But remember, everything that can be accessed on the internet, although secured by professionals, is not 100% secure. You wouldn’t want to end up like ACS:Law, a UK law firm who had some of their confidential information leaked online after its website was attacked.

Saving paper
The iPad allows you to take notes using its keyboard or even scribbling your notes on handwriting apps such as Penultimate. I have books and books of notes in my room. Some of these notes have no value and it’s a waste of paper.

Once you’re done with your notes, your can email them to yourself or anyone you like.

Presentation
Recently, I met a potential client who wanted help on drafting an intellectual property license agreement. He had never seen such agreement before and my professional fee was a concern to him. He was probably thinking why should I pay so much for something I’ve never seen before?

I downloaded a 20 pages sample intellectual property license agreement into my iPad and showed him that such an agreement would look like this. That 20-page agreement was a great help to him to visualize the deliverables and of course, my fees. 😀

Screen sharing
Few months ago, my colleague printed a few copies of presentation slides and distributed them to some clients in a meeting. I suddenly thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if he had distributed iPads with those slides?”. Imagine walking into a board meeting with 10 iPads in your hand to be distributed to the board of directors!

With screen sharing, a user can share his screen with others by connecting the devices wirelessly. Let’s say if you wish to refer to a passage in a case to a Judge, you can do so by sharing your screen with him (provided that the Judge has an iMac or iPad, which brings to say, “All Judges should have an iPad too!”).

Digital Text Converter
If you have iPad2, you can use it like a scanner by taking a picture of a document and then convert it to editable text using Apps like FotoNote. Very useful when you have some hardcopy precents that are too troublesome to be typed.

You can also convert written digital text into editable text using certain Apps like PhatPat.

GPS
iPad has basic GPS function. It gives you your real-life location and directions to a specific place. Although very basic, this function saved my skin numerous times when I needed directions to Court or finding my way out of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

Closing
There are many functions which I have not explored on my iPad. I’ve seen Apps which allow you to digitally sign on a document. I’ve also seen Apps which could turn your iPad into a fax machine to send and receive facsimile. It will also help you send the document by mail!

I only own an iPad hence I am unable to advise whether the other tablets are good. But if you’re looking for an iPad for work, my view is that a 16Gig and 3G+Wifi iPad2 is sufficient. iPad should be treated as a secondary device hence there is no point storing all your information inside. Also, with cloud computing, your data need not be stored in the iPad but in the “clouds”.

As for the best country to purchase an iPad, Malaysia has one of the lowest iPad prices.

As a closing note, iPad is a portable device. It is a light and easy to carry. It can easily be misplaced and lost. Therefore, security is very important. Make sure you password protect your iPad and ensure that MobileMe is installed. MobileMe allows you to wipe out your content if you lose your iPad.

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